Destinations
Thekkady

There are very few places in the country like Thekaddy that simultaneously boasts of a sky-high literacy percentage and a proud culture and tradition, which have maintained throughout the ages. Tradition and culture compliments the natural beauty of the state in entertaining tourists from across the globe. Located on the western ghats of Kerala, Thekkady is one of the most visited hill stations in Kerala set at an altitude ranging from 700 m to 2000 m in the Idukki district.

Thekkady boasts of the largest wildlife sanctuary in India, the "Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary". Spread over 777 sq km, it is home to elephants, tigers, gaurs, sambars, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. The Periyar itself is an attraction for tourists and single-handed commands a wide tourist base that flocks here to spot wild animals and photograph them from close quarters throughout the year. No Kerala Tour is complete without a tour to this place.

The Mangla Devi Temple is a ruined stone temple situated deep inside the forest. This is also a great spot for tourists who love ruins for the aura and romance that it can invoke.

The Sukri Dam is yet another attraction in Thekkady and makes it one of the most beautiful Kerala Hill Station. It is a 120 years old dam built across the Periyar. The Periyar Lake is an artificial lake spread over 26 sq km formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam.
The tribal heritage museum built inside the sanctuary is a must see when you visit Thekkady. It houses several objects of interest like traditional hunting weapons, armours, cooking vessels, paintings, etc. While at Thekkady; one has several options of recreation like bamboo rafting, border hiking, trekking and nature walking, giving you an opportunity to make your India Tour more adventurous.

Thekkady is easy to reach and is accessible throughout the year. One can reach by air, rail and road. The nearest airports to Thekkady are Madurai at a distance of 140 km and Cochin International Airport at a distance of 190 km. The nearest railway station is at Kottayam, which is about 114 km from Thekkady. Thekkady is well connected by surface network with important centres like Kodaikanal, Kottayam, Munnar and Thiruvananthapuram.

True to its tradition of hospitality, every tourist destination in Kerala has at least two things in common; hospitality and a vibrant culture. Add to it excellent tourism infrastructure, high literacy rate and a fascinating natural geography and you have tourist destination that one cannot afford to miss during one's lifetime!



 
 
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